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Austria criticised for role in Istanbul terror attack
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Austria criticised for role in Istanbul terror attack

The Local · 11 Jul 2016, 12:15

Published: 11 Jul 2016 12:15 GMT+02:00

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The controversial former rebel turned head of state Ramzan Kadyrov said Austria had to accept part of the responsibility in a post on Instagram.
He was speaking after the attack was linked to the terrorist mastermind Akhmed Chatayev, 36, saying that Austria had helped make him the professional killer that he had become.
He said: "When he left Russia, he was a normal bandit, but in Austria, Georgia and Turkey he learned how to become a terrorist."
Chatayev, who was born in Chechnya in 1980, went Austria as an asylum seeker and lived there between 2003 and 2011.
While there, he was apparently travelling across the country gathering substantial sums of money for the support of terrorist leader Khuseyn Gakajev, the leader of the Caucasus Emirate group who was also responsible for hundreds of deaths.
The Caucasus Emirate is a terrorist organisation in south-western Russia and is trying to expel the Russians from the region and set up an Islamic caliphate, although in recent years it has been in decline.
Gakayev was a Chechen nationalist commander who was killed by Russian security forces along with his brother, called Muslim, and nine other militants after they were surrounded in the mountains of Vedeno, Chechnya on 24th January 2013.
Their representative in Europe was Austrian-based jihadi Chatayev.
Kadyrov further alleged that Turkish security forces had known where Chatayev was and that between 2008 and 2012 he had been briefly held in Sweden, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Georgia but had always escaped being extradited to Russia.
He said they had simply wanted to annoy Russia by refusing their extradition request, and now had to face the consequences of their actions.
And he added that in Turkey in particular there were Islamic extremists from Russia who were allowed to live there without hardly being bothered at all. Only after the bombing had they then moved to arrest 11 Russian citizens so far.
Chatayev also has significant Austrian connections, as he had changed his name in the country to David Mayer and then used his new identity to travel for example to Georgia and then back to Austria.
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He is reportedly now living in Rakka in Syria which is under ISIS control.
The Kremlin has also backed up the statement saying that the Istanbul airport attack could have been avoided if European and Turkish security services had listened to Russian warnings.
The Kremlin spokesman added: "In most cases, these warnings were either completely ignored or simply not properly acted on."
Story courtesy of Central European News.

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